"[He] Who enters as a Pope, leaves as a Cardinal,” were the words of an EU diplomat as the Osaka G20 leaders’ plan to have the Party of European Socialists Spitzenkandidat, Frans Timmermans, as the head of the European Commission fell apart at the pre-Summit of leaders from the European People’s Party (EPP) family.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel left the EPP pre-Summit early for her meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron, while the rest of the EPP leaders moved to go against the idea ...


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